Aikman expected to leave Fox for ESPN ‘Monday Night’ booth
NFL free agency doesn’t begin for a few more weeks
however business is about to pick up when it comes to shuffling among the network broadcast teams with perhaps the biggest surprise of them all.
Troy Aikman is expected to become the lead analyst on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” after 22 years with Fox.
The New York Post reported that Aikman will sign a five-year deal that would rival the $17.5 million per year Tony Romo is making at CBS.
ESPN and Fox had no comment on Aikman’s future.
Aikman has been with Joe Buck on Fox’s top crew since 2002
Many thought that Aikman would join Al Michaels at Amazon, which takes over “Thursday Night Football” next season.
Instead, it is ESPN, which has its star quarterback after falling short with Romo and Peyton Manning in recent seasons.
ESPN chairman Jimmy Pitaro had tried to get Manning for years to join the “Monday Night Football” booth since he retired after the 2015 season.
Pitaro’s patience paid off last year when the Manningcast with Peyton and Eli Manning debuted to rave reviews.
The 10-game “Monday Night Football with Peyton and Eli” package runs through 2024.
Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Louis Riddick have done the main broadcast the past two seasons.
Michaels could take another look at ESPN now that they have Aikman.